National Walking Day is just the start of the #MoveMoreDC challenge

On April 3, 2024, with support from Sheehy Auto Stores, the American Heart Association Greater Washington Region celebrated National Walking Day through a #MoveMoreDC virtual challenge. Community members shared their photos and step counts on social media using #MoveMoreDC and staff from across Sheehy Auto Stores locations participated in a step challenge tracking their steps with pedometers. 

“A walk is not just good for your body, it’s good for your soul. The Sheehy Auto Stores team is proud to support the American Heart Association this National Walking Day. This year is particularly special as the American Heart Association celebrates its 100-year anniversary,” said Lauren Culbertson, Chief Marketing Officer for Sheehy Auto Stores in an interview on 106.7 The Fan. “It’s really about incorporating more movement into your day, every day.”

National Walking Day unites millions across the country in a commitment to live a healthier lifestyle and get physically active. One in four U.S. adults sit for longer than eight hours each day, which can hurt your physical and mental health. Physical activity is a powerful tool — and a mood booster. It also helps us reduce stress and lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. The American Heart Association recommends getting at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous aerobic activity, or a combination of both, preferably spread throughout the week.

Across Sheehy Auto Stores dealerships, staff logged more than 1,049,029 steps; the equivalent of roughly 461 miles. That also equates to 185 laps around the Daytona Speedway or a walk from Washington, DC all the way to Boston, Massachusetts! This year’s step count surpassed last year’s record for the dealership by almost 187,685 steps! Sheehy Ford of Warrenton had the most cumulative steps of all participating locations totaling 135,760.

National Walking Day also kicks off a four-week #MoveMoreDC challenge. In the coming weeks, follow along with the American Heart Association as we share the benefits of getting moving with your pets, keeping up the momentum and making healthy habits last. And keep walking (aim for at least 150 minutes per week) to decrease stress and improve heart health.

For more tips about getting and staying healthy, visit the American Heart Association’s Healthy for Good initiative at heart.org/movemore.  

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About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for a century. During 2024 – our Centennial year – we celebrate our rich 100-year history and accomplishments. As we forge ahead into our second century of bold discovery and impact our vision is to advance health and hope for everyone, everywhere. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, X or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.    

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